THERAPEUTIC TREK

Half Day Morning Excursion (8-Person Max)

Explore the mysterious beauty of the Lao jungle with our recently rescued elephants as your companions. This journey is a perfect way for these happy elephants to enjoy a walk in their natural habitat after decades of hard labor in logging camps. It also offers you a once-in-a-lifetime experience to learn from and absorb their calming energy.

MandaLao’s guides and mahouts will teach you how to understand the ways in which elephants and humans communicate with one another. Once this connection is made it’s almost impossible not to see many of our own emotions in them—a life-changing experience with animals so seemingly different from us.

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ITINERARY

Includes : Lunch, transport, snacks (for you and the elephants), and drinks.
Prices : $100 USD per person. *private tours available
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1 – BEGIN

After picking you up from town or your hotel, we will leave Luang Prabang for the nearby village of Xieng Lom. Upon arrival you are invited to have coffee or tea as your guide for the day provides an in-depth introduction to elephant behavior and the ways we should interact with them.

2 – FIRST MEETING

A quick boat ride across the Nam Khan River will deliver you to the waiting elephants. You will be introduced to your new friends and feed them some special treats—a sure way to begin an instant friendship. Just following, you will begin walking with your new gigantic companions through the jungles of Laos.

3 – THE TREK

The 2-hour Trek will take you through beautiful Lao jungle, past traditional Lao farms, and past the cool Huay Nok stream, where you may experience elephants playing joyfully in the water. As you walk alongside the elephants on a small dirt path listening to their gentle footsteps and the sounds of the jungle around you, you will experience a profound sense of understanding, respect, and caring for these amazing animals.

4 – LUNCH

As you prepare to start your walk back to MandaLao, you will bid farewell to your new friends with a few more treats, hugs, and moments to say goodbye.

5 – FINISH

Following lunch you will take the short ride back into Luang Prabang and have one more chance to ask your guides any lingering questions. You will arrive back by approximately 1:00 – 3:00pm.

What to bring?

Following elephants through the jungle can be a messy endeavor. We recommend wearing clothes that you don’t mind getting wet and muddy. Also, a sun hat can help in the tropical heat – and a camera and a smile don’t hurt, as well! We provide optional footwear (rubber shoes/knee-high boots) for guests that are designed specifically for muddy and slippery conditions; ponchos and umbrellas are available; and water, sunscreen and bug spray.